THE 15 HIGHLIGHTS YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
One special treat of this year's "Hay Festival" in Segovia (Spain) is the charismatic and powerful Austrian Songwriter, Clara Blume. Presenting her debut album and representing this year's host country: Austria.
Philosopher AC Grayling, politician Nick Clegg and poet Owen Sheers are among the British speakers at the Hay Festival Segovia, which takes place from 24-27 September 2015.
Segovia Hay Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a vibrant and varied programme that focuses on Spanish talent, looks to Europe, explores Arab culture and discusses issues such as the role of women in the arts, and the future of the media, particularly reporting on culture.
Taking part will be writers Antonio Muñoz Molina, María Dueñas, José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Jessie Burton, Sadie Jones, Tim Bowler, Emmanuel Carrère, Alaa Al Aswany, John McHugo, Rafael and Santiago Roncagliolo, Juan Villoro; artist Harland Miller; AC Grayling, former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg; lawyer Miriam González Durántez; filmmakers Rosa Bosch and Angeles González-Sinde; and art critic Rosa Martínez.
Talks, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and performances are held in palaces, convents, churches, gardens, courtyards, museums and mansions throughout the city. Festival director Sheila Cremaschi said: "I see the festival as a sprawling democratic forum. We’re not just a literary festival; it’s all about ideas."
Hay Festival director Peter Florence, who will be on stage in Spain with Grayling, says: "The town has everything, It’s the perfect size, with such elegant architecture. I love the way people promenade around, taking possession of the streets. And Spain’s first printing press was here, which is, of course, highly symbolic to us, particularly as publishing is changing so rapidly.”
15 highlights of Hay Segovia
1 Tim Bowler, winner of the Carnegie Medal, the UK's top award for children's literature, talks about writing fiction for young adults (25 September, Aula Magna, Santa Cruz Campus).
2 Mark Skipworth, deputy editor of The Telegraph, talks about news coverage in the 21st century (25 September, Refectory, Santa Cruz Campus of the University).
3 Owen Sheers, winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2014 for Pink Mist, dscusses His Work With Ann Bateson (25 September, Aula Magna, Santa Cruz Campus). Sheers and Jay Griffiths will also be in conversation (26 September, Palacio Quintanar).
4 Pedro Juan Gutierrez, the Cuban author of the Dirty Havana Trilogy, talks about his latest book, Fabian and the Chaos (Chapter Hall, Campus of Santa Cruz).
5 Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, filmmaker and screenplay writer, talks about his career.
6 Nick Clegg in Conversation with Pedro J Ramirez (26 September, Aula Magna, Santa Cruz Campus).
7 Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist, talks about her new novel set during the Spanish Civil War (26 September, Palacio Quintanar).
8 Journalists Monica Barnabas and Gervasio Sanchez discuss the 'Women. Afghanistan 'Project with journalist Aurelio Martín Segovia (26 September, The Corn Exchange).
9 Jose Alvarez Junco, political historian, in conversation with Juan Cruz (26 September, San Nicolas).
10 AC Grayling and Antonio Muñoz Molina talk to Peter Florenceabout ethics in the modern world (26 September, Aula Magna, Santa Cruz Campus).
11 Kerangal Majlis, French novelist, talks to Guillermo Altares (26 September, Palacio Quintanar).
12 Cesar Molinas, mathematician and economist, as well as author of What to do with Spain (What To Do With Spain) talks about reform (26 September, Palacio Quintanar).
13 Clara Blume, Austrian singer, in concert (26 September, Plaza de San Martin).
14 Martin Chilton, Telegraph Culture Editor, in conversation with ABC Culture Editor Jesus Garcia Calero (27 September, Chapter Hall, Campus of Santa Cruz).
15 Antonio Muñoz Molina, author of Like The Shadow That Leaves, in conversation with Ana Gavín (27 September, San Nicolas)blisher relations at Planeta, one of Spain's biggest publishers.